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Talalay Foam Rubber

Range: 1920s - 1940s Size: 40 cubic feet Record Group:

Agreements, correspondence, journals, proposals, patents, formulae and process descriptions, blueprints, photographs, and sample rubber products relating to the Talalay Foam Rubber process for manufacturing latex foam rubber. Chronicles the history and development of this invention which revolutionized the foam rubber industry.


Semon, Waldo

Range: 1926 - 1966 Size: 9 cubic feet Record Group: 99/245

Materials from Semon's years as a research chemist for BFGoodrich, including experiment notebooks, research notes, correspondence, and general files relating to rubber research arranged by topic.

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Sears, W. James

Range: 1945 - 1955 Size: Record Group:

These papers offer a detailed account of the transfer of the synthetic rubber plant to private industry after World War II. The collection contains correspondence, telegrams, minutes of meetings, proposed legislation and hearings, statistics, articles from newspapers, and reports.


Resnik, Judith

Range: 1976 - 1986 Size: 4 cubic feet Record Group: 99/100

Collection includes technical materials, notes, and memorandums pertaining to space shuttle flight.

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National Inventors Hall of Fame

Range: 1973 - 1999 Size: 37 cubic feet Record Group:

This collection consists primarily of material relating to the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Inventure Place. Materials included are minutes from board meetings, information on inductions, children's programs, construction information, personal records of CEO Richard Nichols, information from Inventor's Conferences, and information on the BF Goodrich Collegiate Inventors Program.


Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems

Range: 1908 - 1959 Size: 28 cubic feet Record Group: 99/128

Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems in Akron, Ohio, became the successor of the aircraft division of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Materials in the collection mainly cover the development and manufacturing of airships (dirigibles). The bulk of the collection consists of photographs, photograph albums, and glass plate slides. Of special note are the factory construction logbooks and photographs depicting the assembly of the U.S.S. Akron and the U.S.S. Macon.

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Flickinger, Maynard L. Papers

Range: 1924 - 1987 Size: 0.75 cubic feet Record Group: 99/131

The Maynard L. Flickinger Papers were created while Flickinger worked for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.’s Aeronautics Department, Goodyear Zeppelin Corporation, and Goodyear Aircraft Corporation.  The papers predominantly contain photographs and printed materials pertaining to an airship design or airship travel, especially the USS Akron and the USS Macon.

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Colley, Russell S.

Range: 1944 - 1971 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group: 99/239

Patents, articles, photo album, photographs, news clippings, and correspondence regarding Colley's development of pressurized flight suits.

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Alfin Rubber Materials of Dr. J. D. D'Ianni

Range: 1945 - 1947 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group:

This collection contains materials related to the development of Alfin rubber. J. D. D'Ianni, of the Research Division of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company along with Dr. Avery A Morton of M.I.T., worked on the development and usage of this synthetic rubber. Includes reports, graphs, tables, and correspondence.


Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies

Range: 1945 - 2005 Size: 8 cubic feet Record Group:

ACESS, an organization consisting of technical and scientific societies, represents over 3,000 engineers, scientists and technicians in the greater Akron area. Included in this collection are board minutes; records of ACESS banquets and programs; and their publication, The Akron Technical Journal.

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